Lima – The Future of Storage

Have you ever heard of a website called Kickstarter? Essentially, Kisckstarter provides small businesses and designers a means to actualize their dreams. Thousands of different inventors and innovators offer up their ideas through Kickstarter, along with some incentive for support, to raise money for project funding. The quantity, quality, and diversity of ideas shared on Kickstarter is astounding, inspiring, and appealing to a large audience (due to the variety of subjects). That said, this article pertains to an up and coming technology found on Kickstarter called Lima.

Lima is a new idea in the world of storage. For years, the popular way of thinking has held closely to “bigger is better”. When a computer runs out of space, users typically upgrade the storage space or purchase cloud storage. In these cases, users typically receive more space than they need. Lima may change that.

The security that Lima claims is unprecedented. Essentially, not only will Lima’s service back up everything on all devices, but it will also back up the previous versions of of those files and the deleted items. Lima could stand to change computing altogether. There would never be another instance of “I accidentally deleted my term paper.” or “I lost the saved file for tomorrow’s presentation.” Lima even takes it a step further beyond simply backing up data; Lima also offers data encryption that ensures privacy and protection.

What makes Lima revolutionary is the way that it transcends the lines between platforms and devices. Most people have heard of Dropbox or utilize a cloud storage account of some sort. Cloud services make it easy to keep track of important files and documents or ensure that files are always within reach when needed. The downside of most cloud storage programs is that these services are either limited in size, or they require a subscription fee. This is where Lima makes the greatest strides. Cloud storage programs often allow users to access a space online. Lima goes a step further. Lima pools all devices into one massive drive. Users no longer have to worry about how much space is left on their phone for music or their iPad for movies, and none of it has to be kept in a folder on their computer. The Lima app takes all of aspects of digital life and unifies them, breaking down the boundaries between Windows and iOS. It isn’t a folder. It is everything. Users will also have the option of making files and folders available apart from internet access. The idea of Lima is to make everything available everywhere without regard for capacity.

Fundamentally, Lima utilizes a fairly simple system. The hardware, software, and networking behind it are not new. The central storage, as well as the secure connection, is kept in-house. That is to say, in the user’s house. That is how Lima provides security and privacy. Lima truly provides a ‘hands off’ approach. Lima also claims that there is no hardware to setup. Users plug in the device, plug the drive into the device, and the service just works. Lima is basically allowing users to own and operate their own cloud storage system across all devices. The software that the Lima developers are writing will do everything without the user ever having to lift a finger. The plan is for the Lima device to contain its own processing unit along with a Linux-based operating system. The device will require to be plugged into a wall outlet and the internet apart from your computer and will act as a dedicated server for the drive(s) that is/are connected to it. Finally, the server will operate via a VPN across all devices, making files available wherever there is internet access.

In truth, VPNs, server systems, and hard drives have all been around for a rather long time. However, that doesn’t make what Lima is doing any less incredible. Lima is allowing individuals and small businesses to create systems that, before Lima, only corporations could afford. In fact, Lima will likely prove to be a small business essential in the coming years. For the basic computer users, Lima may not appeal to all, but it is worth looking at for anyone who is concerned with data protection, storage space, or just accessibility.

Lima is still accepting funding donations and will continue to until September 8th. For $79 dollars, a supporter can secure a Lima unit to be shipped shortly after project completion.

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